About me

Tan Tan holds a research position at Delft University of Technolog (TU Delft) and thw Swiss National Centre of Competence in Research (NCCR) Digital Fabrication. He has an interdisciplinary background in architectural design, project management and sustainable construction. He studied for his PhD and MSc from the Bartlett, UCL’s faculty of the built environment. He obtained his BArch from Huazhong University of Science and Technology. Before his PhD, He worked at the Department of Real Estate and Construction of the University of Hong Kong as a research assistant.

His current research focuses on exploring implementation barriers and new project delivery methods of digital fabrication in the Swiss construction industry. He is interested in improving sustainability in complex buildings, e.g., health care, through integrated design management and engineering, e.g., DfMA & digital fabrication.


  • Postdoc Researcher, Faculty of Architecture and the Built Environment, Delft University of Technology, 2023.2-now
  • Postdoc Researcher, National Centre of Competence in Research (NCCR) Digital Fabrication, Switzerland, 2023.2-now
  • Research Asisstant, Department of Real Estate and Construction, The University of Hong Kong, 2018/9-2019/9


  • Ph.D., Bartlett School of Sustainable Construction, UCL, 2019/9-2023/5
  • MS.c., Bartlett School of Construction and Project Management, UCL, 2017/9-2018/9
  • B.Arch., Department of Architecture, Huazhong University of Science and Technology, 2012/9-2017/7

Research Interests

Digital Innovation, Design for Manufacture, Systems Integration, Modularity

Journal Paper

  • Tan Tan*, Grant Mills, Eleni Papadonikolaki, Baofeng Li, Jing Hung (2022). “Digital-enabled Design for Manufacture and Assembly (DfMA) in Offsite Construction: A Modularity Perspective for the Product and Process Integration”. Architectural Engineering and Design Management, 1-16. (Link).
  • Zigeng Fang, Tan Tan, J Yan, Qiuchen Lu*, Michael Pitt, Sean Hanna (2022). An Automated Portfolio-based Strategic Asset Management Approach Based on Deep Neural Image Classification. Automation in Construction, 142, 104481.(Link)
  • Tan Tan*, Grant Mills, Jiqiang Hu, Eleni Papadonikolaki (2021). “Integrated Approaches to Design for Manufacture and Assembly: A Case Study of Huoshenshan Hospital to Combat COVID-19 in Wuhan, China”. Journal of Management in Engineering, 37(6), 05021007. (Link).
  • Zhikang Bao, Vikrom Laovisutthichai*, Tan Tan, Qiong Wang, Weisheng Lu (2021). “Design for manufacture and assembly (DfMA) guidelines for offsite interior design and construction”. Building Research & Information. (Link).
  • Tan Tan*, Grant Mills, Eleni Papadonikolaki, Zhening Liu (2021). “Combining multi-criteria decision making (MCDM) methods with building information modelling (BIM): A review”. Automation in Construction, 121, 103451. (Link).
  • Weisheng Lu, Tan Tan*, Jinying Xu, Jing Wang, Ke Chen, Shang Gao, Fan Xue (2021). “Design for Manufacture and Assembly (DfMA) in construction: the old and the new”. Architectural Engineering and Design Management, 17(1-2), 77-91. (Link).
  • Tan Tan, Weisheng Lu*, Gangyi Tan, Fan Xue, Ke Chen, Jinying Xu, Jing Wang, Shang Gao (2020). “Construction-Oriented Design for Manufacture and Assembly (DfMA) Guidelines”. Journal of Construction Engineering and Management, 146(8), 04020085. (Link).
  • Tan Tan, Ke Chen*, Fan Xue, Weisheng Lu (2019). “Barriers to Building Information Modeling (BIM) implementation in China’s prefabricated construction: An interpretive structural modeling (ISM) approach”. Journal of Cleaner Production, 219, 949-959. (Link).

Conference Paper

  • Tan, Tan*., Eleni Papadonikolaki, Grant Mills, Junfei Chen, Zhe Zhang, Ke Chen (2021). BIM-enabled Sustainability Assessment of Design for Manufacture and Assembly. 38th International Symposium on Automation and Robotics in Construction (ISARC 2021). (Link).
  • Tan Tan, Zigeng Fang*, Yuanwei Zheng, Yufeng Yang (2021). Health Building Information Modeling (HBIM)-based facility management: a conceptual framework. 26th International Conference on Advancement of Construction Management and Real Estate (CRIOCM 2021). (Link).
  • Yuhan Liu, Ke Chen, Ling Ma, Shu Tang, Tan Tan (2021). “Transforming data into decision making: A spotlight review of construction digital twin”. International Conference on Construction and Real Estate Management (ICCREM 2021). (Link).
  • Tan Tan*, Grant Mills, Eleni Papadonikolaki, Weisheng Lu, Ke Chen (2020). “BIM-enabled Design for Manufacture and Assembly”. 27th International Workshop on Intelligent Computing In Engineering (EG-ICE 2020). (Link).
  • Tan Tan, Weisheng Lu, Chengqian Li, Ke Chen*, Gangyi Tan (2019). “Implementation of Design for Manufacture and Assembly (DfMA) Principles in Construction: A Case Study”. Construction Research Congress 2020: Project Management and Controls, Materials, and Contracts. (Link).
  • Tan Tan, Ke Chen, Weisheng Xue, Fan Xue* (2019). “Semantic enrichment for rooftop modeling using aerial LiDAR reflectance”. IEEE International Conference on Signal Processing, Communications and Computing (ICSPCC). (Link).
  • Fan Xue, Weisheng Xue, Tan Tan, Ke Chen (2019). “Semantic enrichment of city information models with LiDAR-based rooftop albedo”. 2nd International Conference in Sutainable Buildings and Structures (ICSBS 2019). (Link).

Report & Book Chapter

  • Grant Mills, Chris Goodier, Jenifer Kingston, Philip Astley, Anne Symons, Tan Tan, Chris Sherwood. (2020). “Challenging Space Frontiers in Hospitals: Accelerating capabilities and advancing platforms for modern hospital manufacture”. Report prepared for Transforming Construction Network Plus, UCL Bartlett School of Construction and Project Management. (Link).
  • Tan, Tan*., Grant Mills., & Eleni Papadonikolaki. (2021). Establishing a Platform for BIM and P-DfMA. In. W.S. Lu & C.J. Anumba (Ed.), Research Companion on Building Information Modeling. Edward Elgar Publishing. (Link).

Research Project

  • UCL Grand Challenges Doctoral Students’ Small Grants. Health-Building Information Modeling (H-BIM) of Healthcare Infrastructure. (Principal Investigator)
  • SNSF. Reflective Action and New Project Praxis for Digital Fabrication in Architecture, Engineering and Construction. (Core member)
  • UKRI Transforming Construction Industrial Strategy Challenge Fund. AEC Production Control Rooms. (Core member)
  • Bartlett Research Grants Scheme 2020-2021. An advanced machine learning-based approach for prediction of task-productivity in construction projects (AMProd). (Core member)
  • UKRI Industrial Strategy Challenge Fund. Transforming Construction Network Plus: Challenging Space Frontiers in Hospitals. (Core member)
  • RGC General Research Fund 2018/2019. A derivative-free optimization (DFO) approach to architectural symmetry detection from 3D point clouds. (Core member)


Automation in Construction; Building Research & Information; Journal of Building Engineering; Engineering; Scientific Reports; Construction and Architectural Management; Journal of Asian Architecture and Building Engineering; Sustainability; KSCE Journal of Civil Engineering; Heliyon; International Journal of Construction Management; Frontiers of Engineering Management; International Journal of Building Pathology and Adaptation

Honors and Awards

  • ESI Highly Cited Paper.
    Web of Science Core Collection. 2022.
  • Doctoral Students’ Small Grants.
    UCL Grand Challenges. 2022.
  • Editor’s Choice.
    Journal of Management in Engineering. 2021.
  • Chinese Government Award for Outstanding Self-financed Students Abroad.
    The Chinese Government. 2020.
  • Ph.D. full Studentship.
    University College London, United Kindom. 2019.
  • Best Paper Award.
    International Conference in Sutainable Buildings and Structures (ICSBS 2019). 2019.